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Ten of the Best Things That Happened to American Workers in 2015

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Historians may remember 2015 as the year of the minimum wage -- and for good reason. Twenty-one states and multiple cities raised the minimum wage in the past 12 months. The past year also saw other major advances for working Americans.

Product Managers and Project Managers Have This in Common

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.28.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I wrote an article recently about the differences between product management and project management. I was glad to read the feedback. There is a lot of confusion around these roles, and I hope I was able to provide an interesting perspective. But the comments suggested that there is more to cover.

Going Against the Flow: Chuck Cohn, Founder & CEO of Varsity Tutors

Charu Sharma | Posted 12.26.2015 | Business
Charu Sharma

Chuck Cohn founded Varsity Tutors in 2007 at Washington University in St. Louis. Varsity Tutors is a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.

Don't Be Your Office's Pee Werewolf

Evany Thomas | Posted 12.22.2015 | Women
Evany Thomas

So I don't know if this happens at your office, but it's happened at the last three jobs I've worked at: You walk into a stall in the ladies' room, and the seat will be absolutely covered in pee. So much pee, it couldn't possibly be a mistake. The quantity of urine is almost aggressive in its plentitude.

Going Against the Flow: Craig Newmark and Allyson Kapin

Charu Sharma | Posted 12.17.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

Craig Newmark is the founder of Craigslist and Craigconnects. Allyson Kapin has founded Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign. They are committed to leveraging technology for philanthropy and social good.

Why Madison Avenue Together With Silicon Valley Might Be Better than Carpet Bombing Against ISIS, But Is Still Not an Easy Answer

Allen Adamson | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Allen Adamson

I watched last night's Republican presidential candidate debate both as a concerned citizen and as a professional in the field of branding. After it w...

Silicon Valley, Race, Gender & Gaia

Robert Wilson | Posted 12.16.2015 | Technology
Robert Wilson

In regard to man's final end, all the higher religions are in complete agreement. The purpose of human life is the discovery of Truth, the unitive kn...

The five personalization filters of great mobile products

Sophie-Charlotte Moatti | Posted 12.15.2015 | Technology
Sophie-Charlotte Moatti

Mobile products are with us all the time. They're embedded in our lives on two dimensions 1) internally - our individual needs 2) externally - how we ...

Ro Khanna on Why Silicon Valley Could Use Some Humility and the Future of Work

Quora | Posted 12.14.2015 | Politics

This is the question of our time. Race Against Machine is the best book on the subject. There are two fundamental trends --automation and globalization. Automation is making routine jobs obsolete.

Ro Khanna on What It's Like To Run For Office As An Indian American And His Thoughts On Immigration Reform

Quora | Posted 12.14.2015 | Politics

I have run very proud of my heritage and story. My grandfather, Amaranth Vidhyalankar, spent four years in jail in the Indian Independence movement in the 1940s. I often talk about his inspiration on the campaign trail. I also am very open in discussing my Hindu faith, and how that informs my concern for the environment, for equality of women's rights, and for equality in gay rights.

Priscilla Chan: Will The First Lady Of Tech Please Stand Up?

Anushay Hossain | Posted 12.11.2015 | Women
Anushay Hossain

Mark Zuckerberg and I are best friends. Well, at least that is what I would like to believe by the number of times he has been appearing on my Faceboo...

An Interview with James Suriano on His Debut Science Fiction Novel, Inbiotic

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 12.08.2015 | Books
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

Right now you are reading this article on one of a myriad of technology devices that have become almost indispensable to our everyday living. While...

Going Against the Flow: Allen Blue, Cofounder of LinkedIn

Charu Sharma | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business
Charu Sharma

"Entrepreneurship is primarily a mindset. It's a way of thinking about your own ability to shape your world. When I was younger, I believed that I needed permission: from my boss, from society. In truth, entrepreneurial attitude is having the ability to choose your own path."

There's Nothing Wrong  --  Or Even New  --  About Zuckerberg's New LLC

Nadia Eghbal | Posted 12.04.2015 | Impact
Nadia Eghbal

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, LLC, is more a symptom of our zeitgeist than a snubbing of philanthropy. In terms of effectiveness, an LLC is arguably a better choice than a nonprofit to mobilize on all fronts.

Pandora, Uber, And Beyond: Tech Comes To Oakland

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.03.2015 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Pendarvis Harshaw Adan Faudoa is 24 and grew up in the Bay Area. He didn't always think he'd be a tech guy. His dad had other plans for him. "...

The New Age Of Philanthropy Is Here

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 12.03.2015 | Business

The young tech titans of Silicon Valley are now philanthropists.  Over the last century and a half, it has become commonplace for the world's we...

What the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Could Do for Animals

Jacy Reese | Posted 12.03.2015 | Impact
Jacy Reese

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, publicly announced on Tuesday a plan to give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares to build a better world for their newborn daughter, Max.

The President for Entrepreneurs? It's Hillary Clinton

Maura O'Neill | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Maura O'Neill

I have spent more than twenty years as an entrepreneur, and four years as Chief Innovation Officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development. I believe that Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to represent our interests as President of the United States.

The School That's Making a Career in Tech Possible for Everyone

NationSwell | Posted 12.01.2015 | Impact

She was a single mother living in Baltimore, eight months pregnant with her second child. After a long bought with unemployment, she found work as a customer support agent for a marketing company, but she wanted more for her family.

War on #ClimateChange: Threat to 'International Peace and Security'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 12.01.2015 | Green
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

From desertification to eroding shores, climate change has intensified resource scarcity, poverty and hunger. Vast new waves of migration may have a political ignition, but the fuel is climate change, from Africa to Asia. Somehow, even Syria's conflict can be attributed to the spark of longer-term drought.

Something Is Happening: Basic Income Create-a-Thons Are Here

Scott Santens | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Scott Santens

Something is happening in San Francisco. Perhaps someday we will look back and call it an epicenter of the 21st century.

Going Against the Flow: Jessica Mah, Founder and CEO of inDinero

Charu Sharma | Posted 11.23.2015 | Women
Charu Sharma

Jessica Mah is a serial entrepreneur, starting her first internet business at age 12, co-founding inDinero at 19, and navigating a successful comeback story at the ripe old age of 24. As CEO of inDinero, she's empowering other startups and small businesses.

Encryption Is Not The Problem

Mark Weinstein | Posted 11.23.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Privacy and security are not opposing forces but mutually beneficial of each other and crucially intertwined as a means of protecting and advancing us. We need to protect them both in order to truly protect ourselves.

As Encryption Debate Gets Fiercer, Silicon Valley And D.C. Collide

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 11.20.2015 | Technology

The drum beat in Washington is growing for tech companies and politicians to come to some kind of agreement on encryption.  In the wake of the Pa...

Successful Entrepreneurs Don't Just Start Businesses, They Solve Problems

Samantha Parent | Posted 11.23.2015 | Technology
Samantha Parent

Many entrepreneurs will agree, the best products get made when the founders come upon a problem in their own lives that needs to be solved. By addressing a pain point, they become deeply connected to their mission, and, in essence, become their own first customer.